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givio 07-22-2020 05:13 AM

carriem, the added colors, especially the gold, give so much interest. Nice!
Bugaroo, what a darling!

sewbizgirl 07-22-2020 05:54 AM

What a cute squirrel, Bugaroo!

Carrie, pretty addition! I think your group will be mailing Sept. 1 for the second round. Group 1 mails Aug. 15, so Group 2 would mail 2 weeks later, Sept. 1.

Mona G 07-22-2020 06:43 AM

Originally Posted by Bugaroo (Post 8403850)
MonaG, I added a friend to your quilt. Hope you like him. There was so much color already, that I wanted to give the eye a break. So I used old news print for the back ground and brown grays for the squirrel. There will be another squirrel running. And for some reason the photo show the tail as a odd color. It is just a solid gray brown.

I know I am a bit ahead but I just committed to another quilt this month. Thus, while I had the time I went ahead and got started.

He is pretty cute. Can't wait to see the finished round.

Mona G 07-22-2020 06:46 AM

Carrie, nice addition.

Iceblossom 07-22-2020 07:10 AM

Hello all! Lovely things going on by all. I'm still battling my nerves but my Tuesday group likes what I'm doing and I will be proceeding and not starting over. Still have a couple days before pictures but getting closer.

Our Tuesday group meets at our hostess's house because she has a husband with pretty severe dementia and other needs and he can't be left alone. We stopped meeting entirely for the first few months and have started having a garden party for quilt time because we all felt the need for this little once a week social/quilting outlet. Our hostess as much/more than anyone. Mostly we just visit and do some show and tell but we are figuring out how to have a hand/lap project to work on. We are thinking ahead to the fall and the wet weather and while we do meet all the Covid/Library guidelines, if we go there we still have to have some accommodation for her husband -- coming with us probably isn't the answer...

It's been rather nice and the regular walking/jogging neighbors say hi as they go by. Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago she got stung by a wasp and got quite the reaction on her shoulder. Yesterday we had barely sat down and something stung/bit her on her finger with an immediate ouch! We tried the usual household type things but the finger started swelling up almost immediately. About half an hour after group she called and asked if I could take her to the Urgent Care, her son had gotten home but someone still needs to stay with dad. When I got there despite the benadryl, ice, etc. her entire hand was now noticeably pink, finger severely swollen and definite puffiness everywhere it was red.

Our Urgent Care during Covid has an outside check-in. The desk lady now sits on a chair outside the entrance and does the initial intake. There just happens to be a planting of trees/benches just outside. It wasn't at all crowded, so I was able to sit in the middle of a bench under the shade with 6 feet on either side of me for people to pass so I took off my mask and worked on my project. She came out about half an hour later with 3 prescriptions in her hands, which is different from being told she was over-reacting. It was not a normal reaction! We could all see that. Don't know if she's a bit sensitive after the wasp sting, or what but it was nasty. (I got stung by a wasp and while I'm not allergic got blood poisoning, another long story...)

So -- short form, let's be careful out there!

carriem 07-22-2020 10:40 AM

Originally Posted by Macybaby (Post 8402433)
Carrie - since your center is not square, what size are you hoping to end up with? I've got one potential idea but it would turn everything more square so I don't want to do that if you are looking for a rectangular quilt at the end. Saw the note about adding rows (round 5) but didn't know if you meant to turn it more square or if you were hoping for an even longer quilt.

Macybaby--First, sorry it has taken me a few days to reply to this!!! I would like to end with a rectangle quilt, but am good with adding to the top/bottom when it returns if I need to. :) If it ends up more square I won't be upset. I am sure it will be well loved!!

givio 07-22-2020 04:33 PM

IB, I can identify with your friend. It was so great you were there to help her. I had a friend bring me to the hospital with a similar situation. A wasp stung my middle finger. My hand got as swollen as possible, then my arm, then my shoulder, then the back of my throat, then the top of my head itched. I needed to go to ER and had steroids, and Benadryl, and some type of IV drip. After that, I was told to carry an epi-pen because I was allergic to the venom in stings.

Iceblossom 07-23-2020 08:39 AM

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Progress Shots/Design Decisions -- ok, here we go. Now, for the big reveal -- despite all my fussing I chose to do applique! I'm still in my "sew large/trim down" stage, so the working size is something like 6.5x8.5, but the finished size will be 5x6".

When I first saw Bonnie's center I thought "well there goes my idea of wonky houses out of consideration" one of my pre-start ideas of something I could do. It's such a wonderful center. But I started thinking about houses and home and things like that, and one of my first ideas was a border of Dog and Bird Houses with Cats between them. Then Reba contacted me, her first impression was of the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz and she was thinking about a yellow brick road but needed to have some fabric ordered and was waiting on that so wanted me to know where she was.

Ultimately she went into a different direction, but it sent me in a definite path. It's not that unusual that I have America's Greatest Hits in the CD rotation, but shortly after reading that message the song Tin Man came on -- Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn't already have (which was a heart). Then, a library book titled Tin Man (no relation to Oz) that I put on hold about 6 weeks previously came off hold that week. And then it was "there's no place like home" and finally, "Home is where the heart is" which is what I'm calling my round.

I tried various techniques -- pieced first of course. I tried various heart shapes, thinking of the more elongated folky ones might look good with the house shapes but the scale was wrong. I tried more of a crazy quilt approach with different stitches and had a lot of fun playing with things on my Bernina that I don't ever use but just wasn't happy. I was/am concerned that this means three rounds of applique, and I chose a different method/style to show my different hand. Ultimately, the simple shape with thick, primitive variable length button hole stitch was everyone's favorite -- even my husband looked over and said "oh! I like that!".

In Reba's round she added a star with each of our names embroidered on it. In my round I'll be placing a heart with each of our state's above our names (as close as I can!). So far the 4th of July block is still on the approved list, all the other pieced ones have failed except for one other that is subtle. Originally I was pulling fabrics on black backgrounds, but a lot of them just disappeared into the background. Some are still on the list, but I found the brighter the better.

sewbizgirl 07-23-2020 08:59 AM

Thanks for the sneak peek, Ice... the hearts are definitely cute! I'm excited to see the finished version.

I still struggle on with my work on LeeAnn's quilt. Have tried 3 ideas and none really work. I'll get it, tho....https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images/smilies/wink.png

Iceblossom 07-23-2020 10:36 AM

Whew! A lot of my stress is coming because this isn't what I usually do -- but I wanted the chance to do different things with this round robin.

I should mention that I did workmanship tests in the beginning, among which was prewashing test blocks in with the regular wash so medium heat, full dry, lots of tumbling. The thread (2 strands of a 3 strand ball of crochet thread) is not shrinking or getting fuzzy and stays nice without pulling the heart or distorting the background. There is an amount of color discharge from it when I bunched a thick group of trimmings and sewed it into a color catcher, but there was no transferring of color into the fabric (even the piece I tried on light fabric and let air dry).

I've been a fan of Kona cottons for decades, primarily because of the ability to repeat buy the same colors. Before all this Covid stuff started I had already decided that I needed to try my eat/buy locally to my fabric and the black comes from this line:

Bugaroo 07-23-2020 01:06 PM

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Carriem, love the addition of colors... especially the purple. So pretty.

Iceblossom, the hearts are perfect. They add to the neighborhood ... what a memory quilt it's turning out to be.

I'm still working on my class quilts bit by bit but I finished up Monag's quilt. Monag I really hope you like it. I took it to my local quilt shop/hangout, and they loved it. The overall border size is still 12 inch addition for width and height.

sewbizgirl 07-23-2020 02:00 PM

You hand appliqued? . That is so much work. Givio hand appliques, too. I admire y'all's skills!

Thanks for pre-testing the black fabric. I don't know how much washing this quilt will get. I'm thinking about making it a wall quilt, so probably will wash once a year or so, when it gets too dusty, LOL!

sewbizgirl 07-23-2020 02:14 PM

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Those squirrels are great, Bug! Maybe they left the center to hop out and hunt some acorns?

Here is a sneak peek at my addition to LeeAnn's quilt. You can't really tell a lot of what's going on just yet.

Mona G 07-23-2020 02:57 PM

Originally Posted by Bugaroo (Post 8404314)
Carriem, love the addition of colors... especially the purple. So pretty.

Iceblossom, the hearts are perfect. They add to the neighborhood ... what a memory quilt it's turning out to be.

I'm still working on my class quilts bit by bit but I finished up Monag's quilt. Monag I really hope you like it. I took it to my local quilt shop/hangout, and they loved it. The overall border size is still 12 inch addition for width and height.

This is adorable, I would never in a million years think of adding squirrels but it works.

maryb119 07-23-2020 03:40 PM

Bugaroo, Love the squirrels!!!

Wow, sewbiz girl! Can't wait to see it finished.

givio 07-23-2020 05:27 PM

Great pictures, girls! Some great work going on.
Bugaroo, Such a unique round!

Mona G 07-24-2020 08:01 AM

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Here is what I have for Jaba's 2nd round. Not sure if I'm sticking with the wonky star corners or not, I'm gonna put it away for a couple of days and see if anything else speaks to me.

jaba 07-24-2020 09:15 AM

Mona, I think they look great, adds a little bang! Love the purple you added, my favorite color :)

sewbizgirl 07-24-2020 09:44 AM

It looks great, Mona! Love the corner stars. They look like little explosions.

Mona G 07-24-2020 11:33 AM

Originally Posted by jaba (Post 8404511)
Mona, I think they look great, adds a little bang! Love the purple you added, my favorite color :)

I'm glad you like it, I was hoping the round wasn't too dark for the previous rounds.

LeeAnn 07-24-2020 12:07 PM

Looking good sewbiz girl!

Bugaroo 07-24-2020 01:14 PM

Jaba and Sewbizgirl, both of your purples are perfect. Such rich colors. I also like the wonky stars... gives it personality.

Macybaby 07-24-2020 02:25 PM

it's fun seeing what everyone is working on. I finally got my BOW quilt finished (it's not quite a year past the finish date) and now I've got to come up with ideas for Carrie's center. I've got a few thoughts bouncing around in my head - hopefully something will rise to the top lol!

sewbizgirl 07-24-2020 02:26 PM

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LeeAnn... I have two sets of the tulip blocks and am trying to decide which ones best go with your quilt. What do you think looks better? The blue/purple ones or these?

jaba 07-24-2020 02:28 PM

Macybaby finally got the package today. A little under the weather today but will ponder on it tomorrow. Will send you a PM tomorrow with my correct last name.

maryb119 07-24-2020 03:23 PM

Great addition, MonaG. I think a darker border make the lighter center pop. The purple was a good choice.

givio 07-24-2020 04:05 PM

Mona, the size of your little on point squares looks really good with what's going on in the big center design. Good choice!

LAF2019 07-24-2020 05:54 PM

Mona - I like how you transitioned the colors in your border. very nice!

Mona G 07-25-2020 08:59 AM

Thanks for the feedback on the wonky stars, I guess I'll keep them.

Mona G 07-25-2020 09:03 AM

Originally Posted by sewbizgirl (Post 8404585)
LeeAnn... I have two sets of the tulip blocks and am trying to decide which ones best go with your quilt. What do you think looks better? The blue/purple ones or these?

This is a hard choice since I like purple so much. These are great also. I don't think I'm gonna be any help since I think both work.

Iceblossom 07-25-2020 01:36 PM

Just checking in, I'm finishing up a few more hearts before I go into trimming and final layout. I'm feeling much happier and less stressed now that I'm committed. I was counting and going through what I've done so far and noticed that I had a lot of blue and very few red hearts so made a few more reds. Think I only have 3 total left for the buttonhole stitch and maybe 7 hearts that just didn't make it to being put on background.

Tell you what, my hands are feeling the handwork. I'd swear my thumb has a groove in it by now, but it doesn't show any visible distress.

Having the round on by the end of the weekend/by my Tuesday group is probably not going to happen but still within the realm of possibility. Hubby off tomorrow and we are going to take the dogs and ourselves on a car day trip on Monday. But the week after that is my current goal, let the Tuesday group see and be ready to mail what looks like Wednesday, Aug 5 if I read the calendar correctly.

I'll check in with Mary (or maybe she will post) to see when she will be ready to receive this round. I know she has already finished her round 2. I'd have to check my notebook but I do know the finished dimension for my round and can provide that if it helps the figuring in advance.

sewbizgirl 07-25-2020 01:44 PM

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I made the changes to LeeAnn's round and got it finished. LA, sorry I didn't wait for your response. I had time to sew today and wanted to get it all done. So I made the choice that I thought was best. Hope it's alright for you.

Here it is:

maryb119 07-25-2020 04:31 PM

Wow! Sewbizgirl, it looks great!

Iceblossom, mail anytime you want.

LeeAnn 07-25-2020 05:07 PM

Oh my goodness! Sewbizgirl I love the ones you have in the picture....the blue ones! Beautiful! Thanks so much.

sewbizgirl 07-25-2020 05:14 PM

Oh, I'm glad you like it, LeeAnn. Thanks.

givio 07-25-2020 06:54 PM

SBG, It looks like the bird is singing a song that is making the tulips dance! It turned out cute! :-)

sewbizgirl 07-25-2020 07:20 PM

Thanks, Giv. Your blocks are totally dancing on that quilt too. I love how the dark color makes a ring around the center.

Bugaroo 07-26-2020 05:27 AM

Sewbizgirl, I like how the tulips don't go all the way around. The line break gives so much more interest!

Macybaby 07-26-2020 08:37 AM

It's really neat seeing the different ideas, and also very interesting to read the comment about different interpretations. I find I keep gravitating to the similar "looks" so it very nice to hear other views on how things look.

I finished up another 50 masks today, and that brings my total to just over 500. These will go in my office. I noticed there were only two masks left, so it will be good to replenish the supply.

So that means I can spend time this afternoon working on the next round!

Macybaby 07-27-2020 03:14 AM

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here is a peak at Carrie's quilt. I think I'm going to make a few minor changes though.

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